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Broward County > Hurricane > Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide

How To Use The Shopping Guide    
As hurricane season approaches (June 1 – November 30), all residents are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan and assembling a hurricane supply kit. These preparedness steps are key to safely weathering a storm, or any other disaster. The eight-week Shopping Guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. Adding a few items to your regular shopping list each week is the easiest way to complete your Hurricane Kit with minimal impact to your budget. This Guide also includes information for preparing a Hurricane Kit for infants, the elderly and your pet. A “how to” guide for creating a family plan and assembling a first aid kit are also included.
 
 
Food Groups For Shopping Guide
  

Bread Group Items
Crackers, dry bread sticks, pretzels, melba toast, rice and popcorn cakes, breakfast cereal, dry pasta, nutritional bars, bread (keep frozen until needed)
 
Meat Group Items
Canned or packaged tuna, chicken/turkey, meat, soup with beans or meat, sardines, beans, chili with meat or beans, ravioli/spaghetti, ham/pork, stew, Vienna sausage, peanut butter and nuts, and commercially prepared beef or turkey jerky
 
Milk Group Items
Shelf stable milk (keep chilled after opening), powdered milk (will need extra water), canned and boxed pudding (on grocery shelves, not in refrigerator section), nutritional drinks (e.g., Ensure)
 
Vegetable Group Items
Canned vegetables, soups of all types (cup of noodles, canned), canned 3-bean salad Fruit Group Items Canned fruit, applesauce, dried fruits (raisins, dates, apricots, etc.) and 100% fruit juice (not fruit drinks or punch)
 
Comfort Foods
Quick energy snacks such as trail mix, granola and fruit bars, cookies, hard candy, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags
 
Items for Infants & Toddlers
Make sure to include ample amounts of food, formula (water), juice, diapers and wipes. It you plan to evacuate to a Red Cross Hurricane Shelter, bring your baby kit along with a stroller, portable crib or play pen.
 
Items for Elderly
Your kit should include water and food items that address special dietary needs such as nutritional supplement drinks and low-sodium food. Be sure to include enough medical supplies and prescription drugs to last two weeks.
 
Note: Before purchasing instant food be sure you have enough water for reconstitution and a cooking source. Camp stoves and a chafing dish/fondue pot with sterno can be used. You can also purchase ready-to-light charcoal for your outdoor grill. Never use any of these cooking sources inside your house or garage. Always cook outside. 
 

Week One   
Grocery Store:
one gallon of water per person
one large jar of peanut butter
one meat group item 
one can ready-to-eat soup
one box matches in waterproof container
one vegetable group item
one package paper plates

Other Supplies:
one flashlight with batteries
tarpaulin for temporary roof repairs
utility knife 
 
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Week Two
Grocery Store:
one vegetable group item
one fruit group item
one comfort food item
one bottle unscented bleach
one medicine dropper
one package of paper cups
one meat group item

Other Supplies:
self-starting charcoal, sterno or propane for grill
or camp stove
pliers
plastic safety glasses/goggles 
 
 
Week Three
Grocery Store:
one gallon of water per person
one jar of jelly or jam
one meat group item
one can ready-to-eat soup
one fruit group item
one hand-operated can opener
one package paper napkins

Other Supplies:
one portable am/fm radio – battery-operated or hand crank
hatchet or axe
roll of duct tape 
 

Week Four
Grocery Store:
one bread group item
one roll of paper towels
one vegetable group item
one roll of plastic wrap
one meat group item
one milk group item
one bottle hand sanitizer

Other Supplies:
one flashlight with batteries
heavy-duty work gloves
first aid kit supplies 
 
Week Five
Grocery Store:
one meat group item
one can of ready-to-eat soup
one fruit group item
one box large re-sealable food storage bags
one vegetable group item
one bread group item

Other Supplies:
extra batteries for radio
first aid kit supplies
fire extinguisher 
 
Week Six
Grocery Store:
one gallon of water per person
one bread group item
one box sanitary wipes
one roll heavy-duty aluminum foil
one package paper bowls
one meat group item

Other Supplies:
assorted nails
one flashlight with batteries
hardline telephone with jack (not cordless) 
 

Week Seven
Grocery Store:
one meat group item
one can ready-to-eat soup
one box cereal
one milk group item
one comfort group item
one vegetable group item

Other Supplies:
extra batteries for flashlights
hammer
first aid kit supplies 
 

Week Eight
Grocery Store:
one gallon of water per person
one vegetable group item
one meat group item
one box heavy-duty garbage bags
one package plastic eating utensils
one roll paper towels

Other Supplies:
flashlight with batteries
waterproof portable plastic container with lid for hurricane kit and important papers 

 
First Aid Kit    
Assemble a first aid kit. A first aid kit should include:

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Hypo-allergenic adhesive tape
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Scissors
Tweezers
Needle
Moistened towelettes
Antiseptic
Thermometer
Tongue blades (2)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Cleansing agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pair)
Sunscreen 
 
 
Pet Survival Kit  
A crate or carrier large enough for the animal to stand and turn around
Two-week supply of food
Water
Cat litter
Toys and/or blanket
Treats
Photo of the pet with you (to prove you are the owner)
Rabies certificate and current license
Cleaning supplies (newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, disinfectant) 
 

8 Week Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide Note: Suggested list for a family of four. Add extra items depending on your family size.

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